Music

Social issues around politics, religion, race, marriage and sexual orientation often polarize family, friends and neighbors — just look to the looming presidential election and debates on Facebook, at the kitchen table or around a campfire.

A Night in Review: Kanye West at Van Andel

Written by Rich Tupica | Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:51 |

Last night, Kanye West’s Saint Pablo Tour landed at Van Andel Arena – literally.

Make America Rock Again: A Night in Review

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Thursday, 15 September 2016 14:15 |

As students start making their way back to the cliques and classrooms, especially in a college-heavy city like Kalamazoo, one also notices an upsurge in the local music scene.

You don’t have to like the Moonshine Bandits, or their music. In fact, you can downright hate it if you want. But any logical person that values hard work and a devotion to a craft has no choice but to respect the Los Banos, Calif.-based country rap/rock group. Since 2003, the Moonshine Bandits, consisting of Dusty “Tex” Dahlgren and Brett “Bird” Brooks, has zigzagged around the country, slinging their unique brand of country hip-hop and picking up fans one by one.

Check out these local shows and releases in September.

Frank Turner Takes the Stage (Again) at Bell’s Brewery

Written by Eric Mitts | Tuesday, 06 September 2016 21:38 |

Every one of Frank Turner’s live shows means as much to him as the one before. In fact, the British folk singer-songwriter has kept a running tally of all the shows he’s ever played, and he’ll hit 1,966 when performing in Kalamazoo on Oct. 1.

Songs We Like, Vol. 13

Written by Pete Bruinsma and Morgan Hayden, WYCE | Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:18 |

This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it on wyce.org. From Grand Rapids, to the world! Each of the bands featured will be performing in Grand Rapids during September. Go see them!

Born in Grand Rapids on December 30, 1934, Del Shannon was not just one of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll stars the State of Michigan produced in the 1960s, he was one of the best American rockers of his era.

Album Review: Heaters, 'Baptistina'

Written by Mark Deming | Friday, 02 September 2016 10:46 |

The band’s second album, Baptistina, is an inspired exercise in contemporary psychedelic rock, headlined by the outstanding guitar work of Andrew Tamlyn.

GRandJazzFest Returns to Rosa Parks Circle

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 18 August 2016 17:23 |

Audrey Sundstrom had begun to wonder why so many towns much smaller than Grand Rapids had free jazz festivals when the second largest city in the state did not.

When her husband finally challenged Sundstrom to be the one to act, she did just that.

Now the founder of GRandJazzFest and the chair of GR and Jazz, the nonprofit volunteer organization that produces the festival, Sundstrom is elated as the annual event will celebrate its fifth year at Rosa Parks Circle this month.

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